Federal Air Marshal impersonator arrested in Troup County

- An Alabama man was arrested in Georgia after pretending to be a federal air marshal during a traffic stop on Thursday. 

Deputy Billy Baker with the Troup County Sheriff's Office pulled over a white BMW that was going 90 in a 70 miles per hour zone on Interstate 185 northbound. The driver, Jay Diamond, of Phenix City, Alabama, told Deputy Baker he was a federal air marshal and held up a badge-shaped item. 

The deputy asked Diamond for more credentials, which he said he left at home. 

Investigators said after Deputy Baker looked closer at the badge, he recognized what appeared to be a collector's item. Then, after further questioning, Diamond admitted he wasn't a federal agent, according to the sheriff's office. 

Diamond was arrested and charged with speeding, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and impersonating an officer. He also faces charges with the federal government. 

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